‘Milk’ premieres Friday; first weekend sold out, Thursdays added
The new Ridgefield-based professional theater company Thrown Stone will present the U.S. premiere of Milk by Ross Dunsmore, opening Friday at 8 p.m. at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, 440 Main Street, Ridgefield. The opening weekend performances have been sold out, Saturday, July 22, too. Thrown Stone has added Thursday performances, July 20 and 27. The play is about three couples who “struggle to meet their basic needs for food, love and survival. As they try to make sense of a changing world, their inner desires and appetites become driving forces that could lead to either catastrophe or redemption.” Performances, which run through July 30, continue this weekend on Sunday at 2. Tickets, $29 (29 and under) and $49, are available at thrownstone.org/events Thrown Stone’s discussion series at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, includes Ridgefield’s First Selectman Rudy Marconi interviewing the cast in a post-matinee panel on the theme of connections across generations on Sunday at 4 p.m.; Healthy Indulgences with Alissa Monteleone of Simply Good Thinking on Tuesday, July 18, at 7 p.m.; Meet with the Playwright Ross Dunsmore live from Scotland via Skype, Monday, July 24, at 7 p.m.
Beer Fest Friday in Bethel
The Bethel Beer Fest is Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Municipal Center lawn, 1 School Street, Bethel. The fest celebrates and promotes craft beers (more than 20 to sample) and brewers that create them. There’s also live music, food trucks, and corn hole, a lawn game. The Bethel Chamber of Commerce has a Facebook events page with Lyft and Uber codes for discounted safe rides to and from the event at facebook.com/BethelChamberofCommerce. Tickets, $30, are available at Tickets.BeerFests.com/Event/BethelBeerFest.
Skynyrd tribute show in Stamford
The Artimus Pyle Band, the former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer’s band, will perform Friday at 8 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford. Pyle formed the band to carry on the “true Skynyrd spirit” and offer “a true and proper tribute.” Tickets, $25-$50, are available at palacestamford.org or call 203-325-4466.
Under the Covers at Wolfe Park in Monroe
The 29th annual Summer Concert Series finale at Wolfe Park, 454 Purdy Hill Road, Monroe, is Friday at 7:45 p.m. Monroe’s Got Talent, highlighting homegrown talent, is on the bill. The spotlight will shine on Under the Covers, led by lead singer and guitarist Chris Davis. The band plays a mix of rock and party songs. Guests are invited to bring blankets, chairs and food and beverages. The concert picnic area is on the pool side of the park. Vehicle parking stickers are needed to park in the main lot; those without stickers can park. For details, visit monroerec.org.
‘Zombie Prom’ opens in New Milford
Zombie Prom, a musical that’s “a gentle send-up of the teen romance films,” opens at TheatreWorks New Milford’s theater on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2, with a July 13 dress rehearsal that’s free for seniors. Details: theatreworks.us or 860-350-6863 and check out On Stage listings.
Dave Mason to give benefit concert in Westport
Dave Mason brings his The Alone Together Again tour to the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Westport on Friday night to benefit Levitt’s “50 Free Nights under the Stars” series. Tickets, $37.50-$185, are available at bit.ly/DaveMasonLPCT17, and include pre-concert meet & greet, cocktails on the terrace and more. The lawn opens at 6:30. For more details, visit the Levitt website, levittpavilion.com/summer-2017.html and check After Dark or Sound of Music listings. The concert hotline: 203-221-2153.
‘The Veil’ opens in Newtown
Conor McPherson’s The Veil, a production by the Town Players of Newtown, opens Friday at 8 p.m. in The Little Theatre at 18 Orchard Hill Road, Newtown. The play’s characters include a minister who is curious about psychic messages and a young woman who hears voices, and the setting is a crumbling Irish manor where the characters “intersect in a tale of the search for love, the transcendental and the circuitousness of time.” Performances continue through Aug. 5, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees, July 23 and 30, at 2 p.m., plus Thursday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22, $18 at matinees and $10 for children 10 and under. Reservations may be made at newtownplayers.org.
Street Fair Saturday in Wilton Center
The Wilton Street Fair returns on Saturday from 10 to 4, when Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton Center will be closed to traffic and filled with vendors, activities, entertainment and treats to eat and drink. The emphasis is on family fun for folks of all ages (and their dogs, too), centered around Pet Pantry, Stop and Shop plaza and the gazebo. Here are some scene from last year’s event. Details: Wilton Chamber of Commerce, 203-762-0567 or wiltonchamber.com. Doug and Betty Jones will be at Wilton Library’s “Get Booked!” local author showcase on July 15, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. during Wilton’s Street Fair and Sidewalk Sale. Attendees will be able to meet and chat with 15 authors including Kevin Gutzman, Wendy Kneip,
along with children’s author Janine Graffeo and mystery author Barbara Pearson-Rac, and Wilton’s own Betty and Doug Jones, and Bob Russell, and others. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this informal open house. Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. Info: wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6334.
‘Robin Hood’ in tent theater
The Adventures of Robin Hood, a Summer Theatre of New Canaan production, opens Saturday at 10 a.m. in an open-air tent theater at 11 Farm Road, New Canaan (New Canaan High School entrance). Two professional actors take on all the characters in this story of Robin Hood, who with his band of Merry Men, seek “to rid the land of evil and return hope to the mistreated.” The show, which was written by Oliver Emanuel, continues through July 30 on weekends and is recommended for ages 6 up, but younger children can enjoy it as well. On Saturdays, the show starts at 10 a.m., Sundays at 11 a.m., but the July 23 and 29 shows start at 1 p.m. Tickets, $22-$150, and more details are available at stonc.org or call 203-966-4634.
Warhol Summer Bash at the Bruce
The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, whose exhibits include Spring into Summer with Warhol and Friends!, will have a free (with museum admission) Warhol Summer Bash Family Day on Sunday, 1-4 p.m., which includes activities for kids, plus ’60s and ’70s music by the Little Rockers. For more details, visit brucemuseum.org or 203-869-0376 and check Bill of Fairs.
All-day Jazz Fest at Caramoor
Curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center for the third year, the 24th annual Caramoor Jazz Festival returns on Saturday. This summer’s festival will wind up with a headline evening performance by jazz pianist McCoy Tyner (“without a doubt, one of the most important jazz figures of all time” — CBS News), with special guest pianists Craig Taborn and Helen Sung in the Venetian Theater at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, N.Y. Daytime performers, playing sets throughout the 90 acres of picturesque architecture and gardens that make up the Caramoor estate, include The Pedrito Martinez Group, the Zaccai Curtis Quartet, the Darrell Green Trio, Michael Mwenso and the Shakes, Citizens of the Blues and more, including two special sets for children. Tickets, $25 day only; others $30-$110. For more details, go to caramoor.org or call 914-232-1252.
‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ in Stratford
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is the free outdoor performance on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Stratford Library’s outdoor amphitheater. The Hudson Shakespeare Company returns to Stratford for annual Shakespeare performances. Patrons are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. If rain, the play will be performed in library’s air-conditioned Lovell Room. For more details, visit stratfordlibrary.org
‘Lila Girls’ house tour encore
A special encore of the Lilac Girls house tour, a landscape walk and book signing, has been added on Saturday from 10 to noon at the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, 9 Main Street North, Bethlehem. The event features Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls, which was “based on the true story of Caroline Ferriday and the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp survivors known as lapin (rabbits), whom Caroline championed.” Tickets are $25, $35, $50, $100, and may be still available at ctlandmarks.org or call 860-247-8996, ext. 23. This CT landmark is open for tours through October. For details, visit ctlandmarks.org; or call 203-266-7596.
Gigantic book sale on Jesup Green
Westport Library’s Gigantic Summer Book Sale opens on Saturday from 9 to 5 on Jesup Green in Westport. The sale continues Sunday, 10 to 5; Monday 9 to 5 (half-price day) and Tuesday, 9 to 1 (with a suggested $5 donation per bag of books). The sale, in its 25th year, features hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction, vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, children’s books plus special features. All proceeds benefit the library. For more details, visit westportlibrary.org
‘High School That Rocked’ screening
Six legendary bands (the Doors, Cream, Sly and the Family Stone, the Rascals, the Animals and the Yardbirds), all in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, performed at Westport’s Staples High School between 1966 and 1968, “leaving indelible memories for local students.” The Westport Cinema Initiative will host a screening of The High School That Rocked! on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Westport’s Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, and a panel discussion of the award winning documentary. The film is being shown in partnership with #WestportRocksSummerFestival, which includes the Westport Historical Society exhibit related to the concerts, and other events. Ticket holders are invited to a post-screening reception with the filmmakers at the Westport Historical Society, hosted by Vine Wine Bar. Tickets, $10, and details are available at westportcinema.org
Graham Nash in Port Chester, N.Y.
Graham Nash, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with Crosby, Stills and Nash and with the Hollies, will appear in concert on Saturday at 8 p.m. at The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Avenue, Port Chester, N.Y. Nash, also inducted twice into Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and with CSN, is described as having “a passionate voice [that] continues to be heard in support of peace, and social and environmental justice.” Tickets, $46-$81, are available at thecapitoltheatre.com or the box office, 914-937-4126.
Folk hit classics at Ridgefield Playhouse Sunday
Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey will play the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday at 8 p.m. Having just celebrated their 50th anniversary together, the duo carries on the tradition of 1960s folk-singing trio Peter, Paul & Mary, offering a “night of their classic hits.” Tickets, $75, are available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.
And coming up…
Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, open 10 to 5 daily, offers Mega Summer Robotics Week, July 17-July 23. Info: steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.
Frank Porto Band will perform Monday, July 17, at 2 p.m. at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street. The band will play the “best of the Great American Songbook” in this concert, which is free and open to the public. Info: stratfordlibrary.org
Tzofim Friendship Caravan Summer Concert is on Tuesday, July 18, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Avenue. Directly from Israel, this group of 10 professional Israeli teenagers will “rock the stage” on this stop on a tour of the U.S. and Canada. “These amazing performers will share their lives in Israel through song, dance and story, as they bring a message of peace.” Admission is free and all are welcome. Info: stamfordjcc or Yael Stolarsky, 203-487-0961 or YStolarsky@stamfordjcc.org
MET Operas in HD, encore performance: Bizet’s Carmen returns Wednesday, July 19, at 6 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road. Tickets, $25, $20 members/seniors, $15 students; free for ages 18 and under, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or box office at 203-438-5795.
For more upcoming events, see daily calendar and Arts Listings under Event tab.